Saturday, August 29, 2009

Upgrading MacBook Air from Mac OS X 10.5.6 to Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

Devices that I used:

1. MacBook Air 2.13 GHz Intel Core Duo, Memory 2GB 1067 MHz DDR3
2. HP Pavillion dv600, AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-56 1.8GHz, 2.00 GB, Windows Vista Home Premium Edition. Service Pack 1

A) Set up MacBook Air in same workgroup as your Windows laptop. Do it by "System Preference" --> "Internet and Wireless: Network" --> "Advanced" --> "WINS": Enter workgroup name of your network. Note: When you do this you would be able to see your shared network resources on the MacBook Air, eg - shared drives, NAS (on same workgroup) etc.

B) Setup Windows computer to share its DVD drive over network with MacBook Air:
  • Use the "Mac OS X Install DVD" that came with the Mac OS X that is installed in your MacBook Air. Note that do not use the "Mac OS X Snow Leopard CPU Drop-in DVD" at this time. This is to install a version of "DVD or CD Share" on Windows XP laptop that would work with MacBook Air.
  • Install "DVD or CD share" program in the Win laptop. You may have to reboot the Win laptop.
  • Go to "control panel" and click on "DVD or CD Sharing Options". Check both boxes that appear. You may need to reboot your computer at this time.
C) You are now ready to install the latest Snow Leopard on your MacBook Air.
  • On MacBook Air "Macintosh HD" --> "DEVICES" --> "Remote Disc" --> "remote-laptop name" --> "Ask to use"
  • On Win Laptop "click on Accept" pop-up that appears.
  • Insert your "Mac OS X Snow Leopard CPU Drop-in DVD" in win laptop
  • On MacBook Air "proceed with installation process". It may take anywhere from 45 min to 2 hours depending upon your WiFi & Win Laptop speed.
D) After installations is complete on MacBook Air, update your Win laptop with latest "DVD or CD share" software.
  • On win laptop un-install "DVD or CD share" software.
  • Put in the "Mac OS X Snow Leopard CPU Drop-in DVD" in win laptop
  • Re-install the "DVD or CD share" program
  • Go to "control panel" and click on "DVD or CD Sharing Options". Check both boxes that appear. You may need to reboot your computer at this time.
Now you can use the DVD drive on win laptop to install other software (MS Office) on MacBook Air.

Enjoy your MacBook Air with Snow Leopard.

Challenges that I faced:
  1. I used the "Mac OS X Snow Leopard CPU Drop-in DVD" in step B above to install the "DVD or CD share" on win laptop. The MacBook Air did not recognize the Snow Leopard DVD. Then I removed the program and re-installed with "Mac OS X Install DVD". Then MacBook Air could recognize the Snow Leopard DVD.
  2. I faced some challenges setting up my MacBook Air in same workgroup. Rebooting MacBook help fix that problem.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Installing YDL (Yellow Dog Linux) to my Sony Playstation 3

  1. PS3: 80GB detail specs at: Sony website , Memory: 256MB XDR Main RAM, 256MB GDDR3 VRAM
  2. TV: 52" BRAVIA XBR6 Series LCD HD, Specs at: Sony website , Display Resolution : 1920 x 1080p (Full HD)

Tools Used:
  1. Lenovo T400 Laptop with DVD R/W capability, Win XP 2002 SP 2
  2. Free version of BurnAware version 2.3.8, downloaded from
  3. Philips DVD+R 4.7 GB disc


A: Download the YDL
  1. Latest Image: yellowdog-6.2-ppc-DVD_20090629.iso Date: 27-Jul-2009 15:12 Size: 3.8G [as of Aug 13, 2009]
  2. Downloaded from starting point from
  3. Note: It takes long time to download 3.8 GB image. You could use Bittorrent to speed things up. Took me about 75 minutes to download this image.
B. Prepare a install DVD.
  1. Follow instructions "How to create an Install DVD using Windows: HOWTO at FixStars
  2. Approx Time taken to burn image: 9 minutes 56 sec at avg write speed 5.3x

C. Prepare your PS3 for install.
  1. Follow instructions in install guide [see 5 in information sources below]

Things that I still need to figure out:
  1. None of websites using flash eg, google maps street view worked. They required latest Adobe Flash version 10 equivalent.
  2. Could not get music mp3 to play, need to get right codecs
  3. Could not get the BlueRay and DVDs to work
  4. Could not get Bluetooth devices to work.

Information sources:
  1. Yellow Dog Linux:
  2. Playstation 3:
  3. Linux on the PlayStation 3:
  4. Kai Staats: Co-founder CEO of YDL: @ YouTube Video